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To Blog or Not to Blog, the Kids Have the Answer.

To Blog or Not to Blog, the Kids Have the Answer.

I've been writing this little blog on and off for about ten years now. TEN. YEARS.

It's hard to believe so much time has passed. It seems like nothing at all.

After taking almost a year off. I think it's time to come back?

My kids are a little bit older now - 15 years-old and 10 years-old. And, my son's best friend is still hanging out with us. She's pretty much one of the family, too. I started to wonder if they would even want to be included in the blog anymore. 

Part of my reasons for stopping is they had enough of our adventures. They were thrilled to spend the two weeks of Christmas break doing nothing but playing on their computers. 

And, then it happened. They asked if I would start again. They even hinted that they want to be part of the process. 

With all that's going on in the world, it might be a good family activity. Or, a colossal fuck-up.


Thanksgiving Day Parade BINGO for 2019 {Free Printable}

Thanksgiving Day Parade BINGO for 2019 {Free Printable}

Happy November! 

I haven't been writing for a while, but nothing can keep us from playing BINGO on Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day Parade BINGO for 2019 - 15 Free Printable Cards

The year the kids don't want to play bingo anymore with me will be the saddest day ever! We started a few years ago while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with my mom at her nursing home. My mom is gone, but they still want to play!


What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

The Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969. 

It was not the first fire on the Cuyahoga, but a month after the fire an image of it burning appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. The image of a river on fire sparked a national conversation about industrial water pollution. Cleveland residents had been actively working to clean up the river prior to the fire. In 1968, residents had passed a $100 million bond initiative to fund the Cuyahoga’s cleanup.

What We Did in the CLE! Detroit-Superior Bridge #eatplayliveCLE

Thanks to the fire and the Times' article, Cleveland represented a turn in environmental issues. This event also brought Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes to the forefront along with his brother US Representative Louis Stokes. They testified before Congress for federal involvement in pollution control which would lead to the passage of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972.

Fast forward to now and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Burning!

The kids and I celebrated by exploring the Detroit-Superior Bridge. Or, for those who were born after 1989 or whose parents could not adopt the new name, the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The first few years of Ingenuity Festivals were held under the Detroit-Superior bridge. And, on Labor Day and Memorial Day, the bridge is open for tours. This is the first time my oldest will remember walking across the Cuyahoga River. While we didn't go through the old subway tunnels, we did cross the bridge, see some exhibits, and were amazed by the lighting art installations.
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